May 23, 2016 Subject:
the semantic scapegoating of technology
this presentation was open and thoughtful and easy listening, but what John and Kathan seem to be 'missing' is the root sourcing of how it comes to be that in applying the findings of science in technological applications, we are not only shooting ourselves in the foot, we are distancing ourselves from our innately spiritual selves.
'science' is about 'things' while the physical reality of our experience is about 'relations'. science formulates its theories 'in a vacuum'. Galileo first proposed this on the basis that the laws of science were expressed more simply when we got rid of the relational interference by supposing what would happen in a vacuum [a feather and a cannon ball would fall to earth at the same rate].
as Mach pointed out, this convenient 'economy of thought' does not make the laws of science 'more true' but it streamlines the organizing of our observations.
"“the motions of the Universe are the same whether we adopt the Ptolemaic or the Copernican mode of view” of celestial dynamics, … “both views are, indeed, equally correct.” i.e. the geocentric and the heliocentric views are merely two “interpretations” of a Universe that “is only given once.”
Mach goes on to warn;
“we … should beware lest the intellectual machinery, employed in the [scientific] representation of the world on the stage of thought, be regarded as the basis of the real world.”
technology is the application of science hatched in terms of 'independent things' and 'what independent things do' AS IF in a vacuum, within a radically different real-world in which 'relations explain the behaviour of things' rather than vice versa.
the behaviour of an individual who is situationally trapped in a web of oppressive relations naturally becomes violent and he is labelled an 'insurgent' or 'terrorist', and scientific/rational language comes along with its 'vacuum framing' and constructs a semantic reality wherein the behaviour of the insurgent/terrorist [thanks to the subject-verb-predicate structures of noun-and-verb language architecture] is seen to originate in himself [the vacuum framing removes situational-relational influences]
Western civilization lives in a 'semantic reality' that it has put into a false primacy over the physical reality of our actual, natural, RELATIONAL experience.
John and Kathan seem to miss this point and to portray 'technology' as a jumpstart cause of injury, in the same manner as portraying 'insurgents' and 'terrorists' as the jumpstart cause of violence; i.e. they are using subject-verb-predicate rhetoric which is the equivalent of vacuum-framing.
they nevertheless offer a forum for continued inquiry into the major issues of our time.
May 18, 2016 Subject:
Violent Times in Bay Area
Today the Second time recently Bomb Squad called on some Homeless Persons "Package" (3rd.Street & Market Street) and the Police Violent reactions, yes, John, the Clamp is coming down.
As I have Police Scanners & Amateur Radio, Short Wave radio, I get to hear lots of Real Time events that do not get into News.
Just a couple of days ago, in Tenderloin, at my corner, several ODs on "H" and One Guy on sidewalk In Front of TL Police Station.
There was a Homeless Guy that came to SF from Burbank, said a Fed gave him $200 and said to warn homeless here they are going to FEMA Camps soon.
I don't find that credible, his story was a repeat of one I heard in 2002, boxcars with chains & Manacles & Guilliteens also.
Its BS put out my Navel Intelligence, keeps the Truthers all 'chicken littles," and Sells Books and Films.
Alex Jones make a Living from Lies and Scare Tactics.
His Divorce with former PETA "Racoon Girl" Violet Jones, revealed his Worth, almost a Billion Dollars.
Telling Lies under cover of "Truth Radio" is a High Profit Scam.